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Slippery floors persist as danger to workers and customers

Entries, sidewalks and parking lots throughout New York represent common sources of falls among employees and visitors to a property. A slip-and-fall survey conducted by a risk management company evaluated flooring at numerous locations across a seven-year period. Half of the floors tested did not reach the minimum dynamic coefficient of friction of 0.42 as set by the American National Standards Institute. To prevent falls, the risk management company recommended four best practices.

Research indicates that stairs injure all age groups

In New York City, there are many areas where stairs can pose a safety hazard. A study in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine has stated that over 1 million Americans injure themselves on stairs each year. Researchers behind the study analyzed cases of ER visits due to stairway accidents between the years 1990 and 2012, and these are some of their findings.

Safety experts say slip and fall risk is underestimated

New York is sometimes called a walking city. Unfortunately, walking can often be a risky business -- even indoors. Slip and fall risks can exist anywhere there is pedestrian traffic, and a new report says that many organizations underestimate the risk of slips and falls at their facilities.

Preliminary reports after ride disaster yield few answers

Although it lies far from the New York City area, the Ohio State Fair has made news headlines in a manner that may give local carnival goers as well as enthusiasts across the country cause for concern. On July 26, an 18-year-old man was killed when a ride on the fairgrounds malfunctioned. Seven additional people were injured during the incident.

Trampoline risks and injuries

Parents in New York may have cause to be wary of allowing their children to use trampolines. According to a study conducted by Indiana University, trampolines were responsible for an estimated 288,876 fractures between 2002 and 2011. Overall, injuries sustained on trampolines resulted in over $1 billion being spent for emergency room visits.

Types of ankle injuries in slip-and-fall accidents

Some individuals in the New York City metro area might suffer from an ankle injury after a slip-and-fall accident. Ankle injuries can occur when a person trips over an object or tries to break a fall after a slip. In doing so, they twist the ankle. This could result in a sprain, a fracture, or torn tendons or ligaments.

Stand up against hazardous property conditions

A slip-and-fall accident can happen in a split second. Unfortunately, the negative impacts of such an accident last much longer. These include the physical pain you may suffer after slipping and falling on someone else's property along with the financial losses that such an accident may cause you.

How ride manufacturers insure themselves against accidents

People in the New York City metro area might wonder who would be liable if they were injured in an amusement park accident. In some cases, it might be the manufacturer of the equipment, and manufacturers are insured against this type of incident. However, when an accident does occur, liability must be determined. The operator may be responsible if riders were not safely buckled in or if the weight limits were disregarded.

Large settlement for woman injured in building collapse

New York residents might have heard about a building collapse that killed seven people in Philadelphia in 2013. Another 12 people were injured, and on May 26, one woman's attorney reported that she had been awarded $95.6 million in damages.

Injuries at large retailers

Trips and falls at big box stores in New York and around the country are very common. Walmart, which is one of the companies that is most frequently sued by people who are injured at one of their locations, has been estimated to face 5,000 lawsuits each year. This works out to about 13 lawsuits per day, and many other retailers, like Target and Costco, face a number of suits as well.

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